For a long time I have been saying to friends “wouldn’t it be great some cafes opened up on King William Street?” Bayswater has been patiently waiting in the wings whilst Maylands has been stealing the show. With a few cafes now open, it’s Baysie’s turn to shine and new comer tbsp. currently in the spotlight.
The interior here has a bit of a Scandinavian feel to it. The chairs are comfy and there isn’t a clapped out milk crate seat in sight. The food is served on plates and not roof tiles or planks of awkward wood – Hallelujah! Everything is clutter free and just feels warm and welcoming at tbsp.
The coffee here is really something special with both Small Batch Roasting Co and Blacklist Coffee Roasters in the hoppers. In a move that shows they are serious about your morning brew; they have made a coffee menu with each roast offered in the style suited to it best, and this includes cold drip! Andy and I both had flat whites, which were made with Blacklist’s “etude” blend. This was truly a coffee made with skill. Perfect temperature, creamy and lots of upfront bold flavour. I also couldn’t help myself and got a cold drip after breakfast – I no longer felt like I had been sleep deprived for 6 months with baby George after this caffeine hit. YEOW!
Their brunch menu mixes traditional breakfast meals with ones that have an interesting Asian twist. I’m talking about dishes like congee with confit chicken, slow cooked egg and chicken crackling ($16) or their top priced meal – pork belly, chorizo, potato hash, onions, peppers, fried egg and… sriracha ($23). YEP… that amazing fiery red chilli sauce that usually finds itself at home on the table of many Northbridge restaurants… is served on a breakfast dish at tbsp.
My decision on what to order was based simply on the fact that I saw this dish go to another table and I did the old “I’ll have what he’s having”. Brioche French toast, whipped honey butter and cereal crunch ($16) was OH EM GEE – wow! Thick slices of cakey brioche had a slight eggy crust with the cereal crunch giving a snazzy texture. The whipped honey butter had me smacking my lips together and wishing this dish would never end. The raspberry shards added a touch of bite to what would be one of my top sweet breakfasts in Perth.
I’ll admit I was a bit *yawn* when Andy chose scrambled eggs ($15) but I should know by now not to be so quick to judge. These silky, creamy eggs were loaded with smokey chorizo and roasted tomato. He added mushrooms ($4) – Seasoned well and cooked so they were still firm, this massive serve of fungi was worth every cent. Andy rated this as one of his top breakfasts for 2015. Big call!
The service here was brilliant. They had only just opened when I visited and you almost expect it to be a bit of a shambles but nope..they were already running like a well oiled machine. I still feel a bit awkward taking a baby to a cafe. I don’t want to be a “dickhead parent”…. you know demanding free babycinos and leaving half chewed food all over the floor. The staff made us feel welcome, grabbing a highchair before we asked and even giving George his own little piece of toast drizzled with olive oil, which he loved.
If it isn’t already on your list, tbsp. should be at the top for a place to visit as soon as possible. It’s the cafe with everything – great food, top notch coffee and quality service – the winning trifecta!10 King William St, Bayswater
Breakfast served 7am-3pm Tues-Fri, 7am-3.30pm weekends